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192                                    FLORA INDICA.                 [Menisperwacea.
Plant. <Tav. Jtar. 167. Menispermum laurifolium, lloxb, M, Ind. Hi.
815.
HAB. In Himalaya stibtropica media et occidental!, alt. 2-5000 pe.d.;
in Nipalia centrali, Wall! Kuinaon 1 Simla! Jamu !(Fl. vere.) (v. t?,)
DISTRIB. Japonia, Hasskarl.
Arbor parva, vel frutex trunco abbreviate. Eami divaricati, apice peoduli, sajpe
elqngati et sarmcntosi, angalati, striatuli, glabri; ramuli basi fasciculo pilomm cir-
cuiudati. Folia lanceolata, coriacea, lucida, subtus pallida, acuta vcl acuminata, mn-
cronulata, trinervia, 3-6 poll, longa, 1-1$ lata, petiolo --poIlicari. Panicula
axillafes vel paullo snpra-axillares, solitaria?, vel 2 snperposilcc, basi Fasciculo pilornm
stipatse, 1-2-poUieares, corymbosac; masculee plernmque majoros. firactea minutte,
cito decidufe. Floras minnti. Sepala exteriora intcnoribus dimiilio minora, acuta.
Petala profimde biloba, lobis obtusis vcl acutiusonlis. Stamina stcrilin in flora
fremiaeo 0. Qmria, late ovalia. StyU cylimlrici, reflexi. Drup<p niinima3, rotun-
dattc. Ptttamen fragile, dorso obscure carinatum, rugis transvcrsis validis uotatiun,
utrinque profunde excavatum, impcrforatuw.
This plant is remarkable in the Order for its erect habit. It is, however, often
'decidedly saraentose, and on the ticket attached to Wallich's Nipal specimens in the
Linnean Society's collection (Cat. No. 4965 A), we find it noted that the plant is
" valde siuiilis 3/. lanrifoUo, Roxb., sed scandit." The axillary corymbs vary much
iu size. Sometimes they are very short, and eight or ten flowered, as described by
De Oandolle. More rarely, in very luxuriant specimens, they are expanded iuto
compound panicles, leafy at top. A Java specimen from Mr. Lobb (we presume cul-
tivated) is broader-leaved than the ordinary slate of tho Himalayan plant, but we can
see no other difference.
3. C. Leeeba (BO. Syst. i. 529, Prod. i. 99); foliis glabiiusculis
oblongis vel trapezoideis integiis vel lobatis, floribus in axillis fascicu-
latis, fojinineis subsolitariis.A* Richard, M. Seneg* i. 13; Webbt Spic.
Gorff. in Hook. Niger Flora, p. 97, C. Cebatha, DC. Syst. i. 527,
Prod. i. 99; Miers in Hook. Niqer Flora, p. 215. C. ellipticus, J)C.
8y*t. i. 627, Prod. i. 100. C. Epibaterium, DC. 8gd. i. 530, Prod. i.
100. -C. Isevis, Wall. Cat. 4975 ! 0. gkber, W\gU et Arn. Prod, i, 13-
Leaeba et Cebatha, ]forskt M. JEgypt. Arab. Epibaterium, For9fert Gen.
t. 54j. ' Menispermum Leecba, Del II. JBg* t. 51. /, 8, 3. M. edule,
FaU, Lam:, WiM. M. ellipticum, Poiret.
HAB. lu Cai'naticfle moutosis avidis prope Madura, JFiyU! et Coim-
bator, Gardner! in dumetis aridis Sindh, Ficwy! Panjab, fidgeworfh!
usque ad Firozpur! etLodhianalj et in Afghanistan, Griffith!(F3.
per totum annum.X(v. t?.)
DISTRIB. Arabia 1 jEgyptus! ins. Cap. Viridis I Senegambiu I
Frutex alte scandeus, ramis glabris cinereis, ramulis clongatia viujinois graoilliiiua
pnbe minnta inoano-paberulia dcmutn glabratis. Folia forma vaide varia, oblongu
ut trapezoidea angulis rotundatis, ant obscure triloba mius obtuse a-5-loba, hiterdum
lincari-oblongo, ^.Iflrutn^no obtura cum mucronc, basi caneatu vel rarius rotundata,
juniora incano-pubcrula vel glabratsi, adulta glabra utriuciuo gltuica, 4-1 i poll, longft,
^-| kta,, petiolo 2-3 Imeaa longo, Mores axillares, tuberculo piloso inseiii j mas-
culi in fascicdlum deixsiflomm petiolum vix rcquantcin congesti, pediccllis unifloris;
fcminei solitariiyd bini, rarius in spmimuibus luxuriantibus plures, pedicellispetioloH
teqnantibus pubescentibns. Drupa minuzi^, 1-2 lit), loitgee.
Of this very variable plant, which has a wide range iu tic hut desert region* of
Africa and Asia, we have been'able to compare cxteuivc biutcn nf specimens. C.